Thursday, May 3, 2018

"New York City Council eyes measures to stop ride-share expansion"

From Smart Cities Dive:

Dive Brief:

  • Members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration are asking the New York City Council to consider multiple measures that would curb the expansion of ride-sharing services.
  • One of the measures involves creating a new regulatory category for app-based ride-share and charging a $2,000 fee annually for each car in the system. Drivers also would only be able to work for only one app-based company. Another measure would limit the number of cars each company could have in operation.
  • The mayor's Taxi and Limousine Commission chair noted that for-hire vehicles on New York streets have ballooned from 50,000 in 2011 to 130,000 now, and certified drivers have grown in number from 90,000 to 180,000. He said the vast majority of the growth comes from ride-share services, like Uber and Lyft....